ISLAMABAD – The country’s top spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), has claimed that internal hands of mainstream political parties in Karachi and external secret agencies in Balochistan are responsible for the unrest.
According to at least one source (name kept anonymous by the original report published in ET), who attended an in-camera briefing from agency’s senior officials, ISI had strong reasons to believe that mainstream political parties in Karachi are still operating their militant wings.
The in-camera briefing was presented to the standing committee on defence headed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s leader Sheikh Rohail Asghar.
ISI’s officials referred towards the judgement given by Supreme Court over political parties having militant wings. Agency officials claimed that there was a strong nexus between political parties, mafias and criminals in Karachi.
Agency’s officials also said that increasing influence of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in the metropolis could not be ignored. However, without proposing any strategy, officials only reply on telling that ‘it should be dealt accordingly if peace talks with Taliban are not successful.’
Briefing over the situation in Balochistan, agency’s officials straightforwardly lashed involvement of ‘foreign hands’ behind the insurgency in Balochistan.
The source who attended the briefing by the top spy officials confirmed that there was nothing ‘new’ in it. The whole emphasis was on statistics and figures and little emphasis was given on the strategy to tackle prevailing situations.